Published July 18, 2017
This video was recorded by Fiel Sahir in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he and Carolien met at the 2017 Polyglot Gathering. Limburgish is spoken by as many as 1.6 million people, primarily in the Western European regions of Limburg and Rhineland, along the shared borders of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. A Germanic member of the Indo-European language family, Limburgish can be more specifically considered a Low-Franconian language, as it is most closely related to Dutch, Zeelandic, and Afrikaans. It is most widely spoken in the Netherlands, where it is protected as a regional minority language. Despite an absence of much literature, Limburgish is used in poetry in music.